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Industrial toxins and the community. Introductory comments.

Authors
Heath-CW Jr.
Source
NIOSH 1978 Jun; :259-261
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00184909
Abstract
Introductory comments on the community health session of symposium were presented. Community health and worker health were considered to form a single spectrum, with the main distinction being differences in dose and mode of exposure. The community health effects of the Kepone (143500) exposure incident in Hopewell, Virginia from March 1974 through July 1975 were used to illustrate the difficulties in public health management related to dose and mode of exposure. A small facility was engaged in production of the insecticide. Workers were extensively exposed to Kepone, and there was widespread environmental contamination outside the facility. In 76 of 133 workers at the facility, neurological symptoms were present; all of the workers showed detectable levels of Kepone. The area around the facility showed Kepone dust pollution, and the James River was polluted via discharges to the city sewage system. Community exposures included contact with airborne Kepone dust and consumption of seafood contaminated via the food chain.
Keywords
Air-contamination; Environmental-pollution; Industrial-exposures; Food-contaminants; Airborne-dusts; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Toxic-materials; Environmental-exposure
CAS No.
143-50-0
Publication Date
19780601
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
1978
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
DTS
Source Name
Occupational Safety and Health Symposia, 1977, Division of Technical Services, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio, DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 78-169
State
VA; OH
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